Crawford sends Shawn Porter into shock retirement with a savage 10th round TKO to set up Spence’s clash
Terence Crawford sends Shawn Porter into a shock retirement and clears the way to the Errol Spence showdown with a wild 10th round TKO for the ninth consecutive stoppage
- Terence Crawford earned his 38th career win over Shawn Porter
- The Ohio fighter was Crawford’s toughest test in his career to date
- Porter started strong with the champion’s defense, before Crawford accelerated.
- A dominant ninth lead for a 10th round TKO, before Porter announced his retirement.
Terrence Crawford crushed Shawn Porter in the 10th round to triumph by TKO Saturday night, finally landing a super fight from Errol Spence.
Crawford (38-0) retained his WBO welterweight title and extended his stoppage streak to nine in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,568 in Mandalay Bay.
Crawford dropped Porter early in the 10th with a left uppercut before adding an exclamation point with a devastating right hook to the temple, followed by a left hook to the face.
Terence Crawford remains welterweight champion after knocking down Shawn Porter
Porter announced his retirement moments after the fight, unwilling to take on a rematch.
Porter’s father threw in the towel to set up a massive fight with Errol Spence over Crawford
Then the towel flew in, sadly dropped by the coach and Porter’s father, forcing referee Celestino Ruiz to stop the fight. Porter surprised reporters by announcing his retirement from boxing at his post-fight press conference.
“ I know I caught him with a good uppercut and then when I caught him with another clean left hook to the face, he was really hurt and his father did the right thing by stopping him because he was coming with a vengeance, ” Crawford said. .
I really didn’t want to fight him. We always said that we would fight each other when the time was right and I guess it was the right time for this fight to happen. ‘
Crawford was ahead on all three of the judges’ scorecards when his brutal final assault convinced Kenny Porter that enough was enough. Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld led Crawford 86-85, while Max De Luca led him 87-84.
Crawford was cautious early on and saved his energy for later rounds after Porter’s quick start.
The American was ruthless in the final and crushed Porter with a devastating combination.
Porter (31-4-1), who has become a top-five welterweight contender and was easily the toughest opponent of Crawford’s career, came out with relentless aggression in the early rounds.
Crawford’s batting flex didn’t necessarily work when he turned to southpaw early in the fight, as Porter adjusted accordingly and landed frequently.
‘Shawn Porter is a skilled fighter. I was doing some things there that got me thinking, ” Crawford said. I can’t say anything bad about him.
After getting defensive and smiling more often than he hit, Crawford finally switched to attack mode in the sixth round before lighting the ring alive in the ninth and tenth, the final two rounds of Porter’s career.
Crawford has long been linked to a fight against Errol Spence, which could now be a reality.
“I’m prepared to retire,” Porter said. ‘I was prepared to announce my retirement tonight: win, lose or draw.
Even if it was a tie, we had a date. They told us that we would have to do it again. I would not do it again. I’m announcing my retirement right now. ‘
On the card, Esquiva Falcao (29-0) beat Patrice Volny (16-1) by technical decision in the sixth round, after the fight was stopped by an inadvertent header. Janibek Alimkhanuly (11-0) also remained undefeated with an eighth round TKO over Hassan N’Dam (38-6).